Scottish Wider Access Programme – SWAP

Want to get back into education? Always wanted to go to university?

A SWAP course could be the answer!

What is SWAP?

The Scottish Wider Access Programme is a way for adult learners to fulfil their academic potential and study for a degree or a HNC/D qualification at University or College.

A SWAP programme could be for you if you:

  • Have been out of full-time education for 3 years or more (5 years if you have Highers or a HN qualification)
  • Don’t already have a university degree
  • Are ready to focus on your education and want to progress to a degree or to a HNC/D
  • Previous qualifications are not normally required for entry.

SWAP courses provide a route into thousands of different degree programmes at partner universities and colleges in Scotland. Find out more.

 

Engineering

The course will allow you to build practical skills and a theoretical understanding of a range of mechanical engineering principals, including dynamics, hydraulics, pneumatics, thermofluids and engineering materials.

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Medical & Life Sciences

As well as providing a sound grounding in the theoretical basis of medical and life sciences, this course contains a significant amount of stimulating practical activities in subjects such as biology, human biology, microbiology, chemistry, maths and statistics, or biotechnology.

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Social Care

The course is dynamic in its delivery and includes a range of interesting subjects, including psychology, sociology, employability skills, and the principles and legislation that underpin Social Care. It is taught by a team of lecturing staff who are experienced in the industry.

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Social Sciences, Arts & Education

This course is an excellent opportunity for those who would like to progress to university in an undergraduate degree in the arts, social sciences or education – including Primary Teaching. Subjects covered include sociology, psychology, Higher English, National 5 Maths, Philosophy and Politics.

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Nursing

This course offers an excellent opportunity for those who would like to pursue a career in adult or mental health nursing. You will study subjects including human biology, social influences, mental health and mental illness, health promotion, and human development and behaviour.

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Funding

Funding will depend on your personal circumstances, but for the vast majority of SWAP students course fees are fully funded. Most are also eligible for a college bursary.

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